The Linguistics of Speech by William A. Kretzschmar, Jr.The Linguistics of Speech by William A. Kretzschmar, Jr.

The Linguistics of Speech

byWilliam A. Kretzschmar, Jr.

Paperback | October 25, 2012

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This insightful 2009 study proposes a unified theory of speech through which conflicting ideas about language might be understood. It is founded on a number of key points, such as the continuum of linguistic behaviour, extensive variation in language features, the importance of regional and social proximity to shared linguistic production, and differential frequency as a key factor in linguistic production both in regional and social groups and in text corpora. The study shows how this new linguistics of speech does not reject rules in favour of language use, or reject language use in favour of rules; rather, it shows how rules can come from language as people use it. Written in a clear, engaging style and containing invaluably accessible introductions to complex theoretical concepts, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of sociolinguistics, dialectology and corpus linguistics.
Title:The Linguistics of SpeechFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:310 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:October 25, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521715075

ISBN - 13:9780521715072

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The contemporary marketplace of ideas about language; 2. Saussure; 3. Evidence from linguistic survey research: basic description; 4. Statistical evidence from linguistic survey research; 5. Evidence from corpus linguistics; 6. Speech as a complex system; 7. Speech perception; 8. Speech models and applications.

Editorial Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'This book represents a step forward. It offers an approach to empirical work. It provides an important description of a new kind of linguistics.' English World-Wide